AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott
In the wake of Biden’s spy balloon debacle and as top military leaders warn that an armed conflict with China could be on the horizon, questions are mounting – from both Republicans and Democrats – about President Biden’s weak response to growing aggression from Beijing.
Nearly three weeks after Air Force pilots shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had traversed over some of the country’s most sensitive military installations for more than a week, the Biden administration has still failed to give an adequate accounting of what happened. Although the military said they began tracking the balloon over Alaska on January 28, the public was not made aware of the threat until days later when social media users began filming the object over Montana. But instead of dispatching the balloon then, Biden chose to wait until it had traveled all the way across the country, finally downing it over the Atlantic Ocean.
The administration has said that it waited so long to dispatch the balloon out of concern that falling debris could hurt people – an explanation that has drawn significant skepticism given that the balloon traveled over some of the emptiest parts of the United States and Canada. Many are also asking why the Biden administration waited until the balloon was discovered by private citizens before disclosing the threat.
Those concerns were shared by lawmakers in Congress, who passed a resolution on February 9 both condemning China for its actions and requiring the Biden administration to “keep Congress informed on the incident.” Notably, the resolution passed the House with an astounding 419 votes in favor and no votes against – a clear message from House Democrats that they believed Biden’s response to be insufficient.
Some Democrats were even more explicit in their criticism of Biden. Rep. David Scott of Georgia said that “they [China] got us on this one” and that Biden’s failure to shoot down the balloon earlier in its flight “sends a powerful message to both our enemies and our friends.” Democrat Senator Jon Tester of Montana, who just announced his reelection campaign, has similarly slammed Biden for allowing the balloon to travel over his state, saying that he is “demanding answers” from the administration.
A Chinese spy balloon violating U.S. airspace would be concerning on its own, but it is made even more alarming by the fact that some military leaders are warning that conflict with China could be closer than most Americans expect. Just one day before the spy balloon crossed into the country, Air Force General Mike Minihan released a memo to officers predicting that America and China would be at war by 2025.
“My gut tells me we will fight in 2025,” the memo reads. “[Chinese President Xi Jinping] secured his third term and set his war council in October 2022. Taiwan’s presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a reason. United States presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a distracted America. Xi’s team, reason, and opportunity are all aligned for 2025.”
General Minihan is the commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, one of the Air Force’s nine highest command levels which oversees aerial refueling and airlift operations. The command played a significant role in the evacuation of Kabul following the collapse of the Afghan government.
Many Biden administration officials have dismissed the memo as simple hyperbole intended to “motivate” the troops under his command. However, historically when senior military officials use similar rhetoric against countries with which America had an adversarial relationship, they were met with instant condemnation from the Pentagon and senior political officials. But in this case, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby meekly stated, “our view is a conflict is not inevitable, and not certainly not on that particular timeline.” Meanwhile, the Pentagon has yet to comment on the memo but did confirm its authenticity.
Growing Chinese aggression toward Taiwan has provided another reason for concern. As its spy balloon was traversing the United States, Chinese jets also crossed into Taiwanese airspace – just the latest such provocation from the Chinese military. President Biden has said repeatedly that if China attempted an invasion of Taiwan, the United States would defend the island nation.
Biden’s leadership appears to have exacerbated all of these tensions. Emboldened by the U.S. military failure in Afghanistan, China is growing more aggressive in the Pacific and even testing American resolve by sending spy balloons over the United States. While Russia bears ultimate responsibility for the Ukraine war, Biden’s failure to prevent the conflict and his response to it has served to drive Russia and China closer together.
For the White House, none of that is good news. If some elected Democrats are openly questioning Biden’s leadership on China, it’s a safe bet most Americans are as well.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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duh!!! Biden, despite having one foot in the grave and the other on the peel, is padding his bank account from China and Ukraine both, that defines all of his (in)actions. We must have sacks over our heads.
YES, China has been at war with the USA for years… and is winning in many ways. I recently had to purchase a simple toaster. I checked two Navy Exchanges and could not find a toaster that was NOT made in China. A quick check of other items and virtually ALL coffee makers, crockpots, toaster-ovens, etc. in military exchanges were MADE IN CHINA!!! Why do ALL of our military exchanges carry so much China merchandise? The main reason is that our exchanges are run by civilians… who are profit driven.
I had a similar experience trying to find a toaster, a set of hinges, a drill, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised to find Made in China tags inside the collar of every military uniform. Where does one look for the “Made in” sticker on a battleship or stealth aircraft? Even if we make them, how many parts are stamped PRC?
China is already at war with the US ( ie Covid) and the US is trying to be China’s friend.
Stupidity is our problem. Forget the talk about what China will do. They’re already
WHY are there Communist China Police Stations in the United States which violates the Law, U.S. Constitution, and our Sovereignty?
Another treasonous act by biden who supports and defends Communist China.
Forgot, biden still letting Communist China purchase Oil from Iran by violating U.S. Sanctions and still does NOTHING about it.
Because they have their Manchurian Candidate in the Oval Office and Obama behind the curtain pulling his strings. Who is pulling Obama’s strings?
Does the name George Soros sound familiar?
What leadership . I haven’t seen any from anyone in this administration. The only thing that I’ve seen coming from them is treasonous behavior
The failures are all part of the Great Reset agenda.
The War in Ukraine. Financing Ukraine for War.
Biden runs to Ukraine to save them but tells Americans in Ohio suffering from Toxins from a train derailment they aren’t important and sends NO HELP or visits there.
$10 Trillion in National Debt added in first 2 years of Biden.
Wiping out our Energy Independence.
Run away Inflation.
Run away Crime.
Selling our oil from National Oil Strategic Reserves to Communist China (TREASON).
Draining our oil from the National Oil Strategic Reserves for political purposes.
Destroying our military.
Let’s Communist China Spy ballon’s fly over the United States for weeks before doing anything because he’s waiting on results from polls with a Major National Security Threat looming.
Steals Sensitive Highly Classified Documents from WH without National Security Clearance and hides them all over including in Chinatown and still hasn’t handed over the 1,830 boxes to the investigation by Congress.
Destroying our food production including shipping all of our fertilizer to Russia and Europe by hindering our farmers.
Destroying our food processing plants.
Destroying our domestic shipping.
Intentionally causing Outrageous Rising Utility Bills.
Outrageous food prices with half the portions and prices still climbing.
Illegal Alien Terrorist Invasion.
CONTROL over our personal medical care and treatment.
Forcing LOSER WOKE GARBAGE on Americans that DON’T WANT that GARBAGE.
Forcing WOKE GARBAGE in our schools, colleges, and universities, including Medical schools deliberately destroying our educational institutions.
Teaching our children to hate each other based on skin color.
Teaching Americans to hate America and hate each other.
Attack, Raid, and Spy on Americans.
Weaponization of DOJ, FBI, and rest of federal agencies.
CENSORSHIP of Conservative AMERICANS so they can have total Police State News only.
Constant ATTACKS on OUR U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
The list is so long of complete destruction of the United States from within by Biden with treasonous acts as he bows down to Communist China while at the same time pushing us very dangerously close to WWIII.
This, leading the way of destruction of the United States and who rules next…China.
Thus, the Great Reset agenda is completed.
Why else would you destroy your own country from within.
Think about it. It’s YOUR country this is happening to.
Good list of ways Biden undermines America. Add to it the war on the unborn and the destruction of the nuclear family. There is no discernible effort to protect and defend the constitution nor the security of the American citizens.
If the Biden “election” to the POTUS serves any purpose, it highlights the need for some real safeguards built in to the election system to insure that rigged elections cannot occur. Also it screams out for a term limits for Congressmen and Cabinet (IRS, FBI, CIA, State, etc.). The present system starkly highlights how fouled up the results can be in spoiling the true democracy of this Nation.
It sincerely troubles me that there is no overwhelming displeasure and dissatisfaction at the performance of Biden in almost every event that faced his office for some kind of action to respond to troubling events. For example …. why is not more aggressive action taken and/or sponsored by his office knowing full well that China’s purpose had some relevance to a military planning or action. China didn’t send those balloons over this Nation to provide National Geographic some good aerial photos!!! CHINA is the biggest threat to this Nation’s welfare in the whole world, and it should be given the closest monitoring of its potential threat activities!
It all goes back to the laptop and the crime family
Is it possible for people to say something good about the other party? I go to liberal and conservative websites and it’s the same with the other party being bashed.
Did you know most Americans are in the middle?
In the middle of what? You better open your eyes and start looking for real news
We are being set up for PEARL HARBOR II.
FDR left us wide open for Attack and now,
biden OPENS DOOR for WWIII.
Both COMPLETE FAILURES in foreign policy with one leading to WWII and one now leading us to WWIII.
Trust a democrat to ALWAYS get us into a WAR.
Let alone, WORLD WAR.
How do you know that? Show me the figures.
Has anyone been paying attention to the long-life goal of China? To rule the world and Ole Joe is helping them achieve it.
Biden and his family were well compensated for their help.
Biden didn’t fail. He did exactly what his Chinese masters wanted him to do. Biden has no love for America or Americans.
Why is it that people like you can only come up with calling other people names. But cannot come up with one fact.
Yes, it was as expected, as is everything from this regime…disastrous; but it also served it purpose. It was yet again another distraction. A shiny object. What happened to the biden classified document story? What happened to the story about this regime’s involvement in the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage? A crafty magician is an expert in misdirection. So is this intentionally destructive regime. Abracadabra…voila…all gone.
Two words describes DICTATOR Beijing biden’s 50 YEARS in politics…LOSER and TRAITOR.
We will be so fortunate if this socialist liberal does not get us in WWIII. You know he is getting a kick back from Ukrainian and China. He cares nothing for America. The liberal democrats are changing our country with illegals and inflation. All planned.
Failures would require him to have tried to do something that benefited the American people; he has not, what you call failures were his deliberate actions to harm the United States and its people, in his mind he’s a glowing success, however we can call what he has done by only one appropriate word “Treason”!
Depends…failures…for whom? Failures for America/Americans are WINS for traitors to our Republic.
Here’s the thing…due to nefarious, dare I say illegal, JoeBama’s dealings with the ChiComs, ChiComs, as well as corrupt ‘money launder king’ Zelensky are “interesting” due to the fact that they own the corrupt, fraud puppet unindicted felon Brandon.
Anyone with a functioning brain understood that traitors JoeBama deliberately let the ChiCom spy balloon traverse the country and myriad sensitive sites, before shooting it down over the Atlantic. It’s all about destroying our Republic…as long as we have Constitutional freedoms and opportunities, and stay armed, the Commie/Globalist/Demon traitors won’t get their insane, evil totalitarian HELL-FOR-US, control/power/wealth for traitors utopian Great Reset for them.
I don’t think they are Biden’s failures. I think they are Biden’s agreements with that nation!
Incompetent and dangerous fools are running this country! They are going to get us into a war that NO ONE wants except these clowns. Biden should be impeached immediately for dereliction of duty and or treason. The problem is the replacement might a bigger fool than he is and the deep state is still intact. A very sorry situation. I would also like to thank all the people who voted for Biden and created this mess!
Operative word: treason! Absolutely
Thanking… unindicted felons, lib lefty traitor Demoncraps who shoved a single legal ballot into the counter over and over, and piece of garbage traitor Demoncrap expletive’s who authorized ballots pulled from under tables and/or were carted in after honest monitors were sent home. Oops, can’t forget the millions of magic ballots created and/or changed, by Dominion. In other words, you aren’t thanking 81 million actual people, it’s closer to maybe (probable far less) 60 million, who cast legal ballots for a Republic-hating, lying, corrupt, dementia-suffering dolt owned by our enemies..